Young Academic has learnt of some extremely worrying figures from the Office for National Statistics regarding unemployed young academics across the United Kingdom. This student news piece outlines just how many graduates are out of work and searching for work to no avail.
There are nearly one million fully trained and qualified young professionals out there today looking for work with no luck whatsoever. That means that one in five individuals that have graduated in the last year are unable to find work, rendering their degree pretty much useless.
“For many young people, their careers are being put on hold while they struggle to find jobs, but this must not mean that their learning, and particularly their learning about leadership and producing change, should be put on hold too.”
Although there are an abundance of schemes and services in existence, all designed to help young people find employment, there just does not appear to be the opportunities out there. The young academics of Britain clearly feel that the development and training opportunities available do not suffice when it comes to finding work.
A system by the name of the Young Million Campaign has been initiated by Common Purpose in order to offer those out of employment the same opportunities to develop their skills as those that have jobs.
Non-executive Director of the Economist, Sir David Bell had the following to say of the situation; “The rise in youth unemployment shames us all. But there are concrete things we can do to stop this awful waste of young talent and young lives; and we must do them.”
Common Purpose will be holding courses across the United Kingdom in cities such as Belfast, London and Newcastle. They are also looking for suitable venues for their courses, speakers, contributors and hosts in order to help today’s generation of graduates.
Julie Middleton is the Founder and Cheif Executive of Common Purpose and added; “For many young people, their careers are being put on hold while they struggle to find jobs, but this must not mean that their learning, and particularly their learning about leadership and producing change, should be put on hold too.”
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